Marcy Utility Workout Bench
My husband prefers to work out at home, so we have turned one of the rooms in our house into a home gym. He needed a work out bench and some weights so he could do some additional things that don’t include our machine. We bought the Marcy Utility Workout Bench, but it came unassembled. We were supposed to assemble it together, but I was alone on Saturday and decided to give it a try. I put a couple of pieces on upside down and had to go back and fix it, but even with that it took me about 40 minutes.
I don’t have any wrenches or tools either, so I had to use some random tools that came with other things I have bought over the year. I’m pretty sure real tools would make it much easier to put it together and I could have done it faster.
I really love this bench. I may even have to use it myself if I ever decide I want to work out at home!!
Marcy Utility Workout Bench: https://amzn.to/3a1J5X5
Monitoring the Losses
Hi! I’m Courtney and I’m a habitual weigher. If I pass by a scale, I weigh myself. I know that if I weigh a certain weight at night, I can almost tell you to the decimal, what I will weigh the next morning.
Well, I’ve been on a weight loss journey for about 5 1/2 months and I’ve lost a little over 30 lbs. I’ve been monitoring this weight loss with a scale I have had for years, and all it did was tell me what I weigh. I found out there are scales that do so much more, so I had to kick up my monitoring a little by getting a new scale that does more stuff. I can look at my weight, my BMI and SOOO much more. It’s really cool because it talks to my phone, so I no longer have to even manually track my weight. I’ve used it for a few days now and I’m totally excited about it. The only thing I’ve noticed is that this scale weighs about a pound heavier. Until I get rid of the other scale, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be weighing myself on both of them every day! I know…it’s a little crazy, but that’s me!!
I really like running outside, but in the winter it’s just too cold!! I found this headband that has a space for your ponytail that I think will make all the difference in the world! The fact that it’s cute and keeps my ears cold is a bonus!! This will be perfect for the Turkey Trot!
Ponytail headband Ear Warmer: https://amzn.to/2KTaAam
Fabulous at Fifty
I turned Fifty in October. I’ve decided to be Fabulous at Fifty. I began a challenging new workout by starting Orange Theory Fitness. I’m obsessed with this workout. I love being able to monitor my heart rate as I do the hardest workouts I’ve ever done in my life. Since I started at the end of October, I’ve gone 3 – 5 days a week. A lot of people I know have caught the OTF bug, so it’s been fun going with a group and pushing each other.
Unfortunately, though, I haven’t changed any of my bad eating habits, so I may be getting stronger, but I haven’t lost any weight. It’s hard to out-exercise a bad diet, especially at fifty. I seriously think I gained ten pounds the DAY I turned fifty. My metabolism seriously just STOPPED!! I’m just going to have to make some real changes soon.
I’ve been reading about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey and Lemon. So that’s going to be the next thing I add to my lifestyle. Each morning I’m going to drink a little of that on an empty stomach and see if that will help me curb my appetite and bring about some of the other health benefits I’ve been reading about. I’m thinking I’ll commit to it for a month and see how it goes.
1 teaspoon raw honey
1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
8 oz. warm water (1 glass)
I’m still not sure what diet I’m going to do. I really love how easy 21 Day Fix was, so that may be my next lifestyle change.
What’s your favorite?
I started the 21 Day Fix this week. It’s going to be so easy to stay on track with my diet if I am able to prepare my meals for the week each Sunday. This should eliminate me making those bad food choices when I get hungry. No more binge eating for me!! Meal prepping can be a pain, though, so it’s nice to be able to eliminate the preparation for one meal a day by substituting Shakeology. I drink the Shakeology for breakfast since I’m not always in the mood to eat when I get up! I’m still debating over which one is my favorite. What’s yours?
If you haven’t tried Shakeology yet, you can order it here today!!
Born To Run
I am not a very good runner, but I kind of enjoy it. I’ve successfully completed Couch to 5K…several times. I usually quit running right after I get to 5K. This happens EVERY time I start running. My friend and I signed up for the Dallas Half Marathon, but about 3 weeks before the marathon, I quit running on a regular basis. I finished the Half Marathon, but it wasn’t pretty. By the 11th mile, I couldn’t even alternate running and walking and had to walk the last two miles. That’s ok. I still finished and I still got a medal. Of course I said I’d never do another one, but within 3 days, I was already planning to try again. This time I’m going to be in better shape!!
My friend found this work out on pinterest. I’m not sure where it originated, but since she did it, I had to, too!! I didn’t think I’d make it through the first time, but I did it!! Now I’ve done it twice!! I’m so proud!! I am hoping mixing it up like this will help me with my training for the Cowtown Half Marathon!! Maybe this will be the year that I actually lose some weight, too!!
I work out!!!!
I’ve been trying to mix up my workouts each week so I don’t get stagnant with exercise, but my motivation has not been very good lately. The proof of my laziness is the lbs. on the scale and the way my clothes are fitting me. I know exercise isn’t the way that you lose weight, but it has what keeps me successful keeping off the weight. I ordered a new series of kettle bell workouts from Amazon this week and it showed up today!!! Kettleworx was a good way to get started with kettle bells, but after six weeks, I am tired of all the bad editing and repetitive work outs. I can’t wait to get started on Kettlebody by Brook, but I think I will be one of those people that starts things on Monday because I’m off to the Katy Trail to get my six miles in today!! Happy exercising!!
It’s January 1, so you know what that means, right??? It’s time to make resolutions that include exercise. My goal is to not only keep myself motivated with exercise, but to motivate the people around me. Exercise is so much more fun when you have someone to talk to about it. A few things that I’ve added to my daily walks are: Couch to 10K. I’m using this app:
I’m actually on week 2. It starts out really easy, about 30 minutes for the total work out. I think I had to run for minute increments in between walks last week for about 30 minutes. Yesterday, it was 90 second runs alternating between 2 minute walks for 20 minutes. It’s really created for beginning runners. I’m probably more advanced, but I kind of like the slow start to build up my confidence in running.
I also created a calendar to make me do some crunches and sit ups each day. It’s not really difficult and I may change the amount I do each day as the month progresses. Since it is so easy, I should be able to keep it up. (This is the first fitness calendar I’ve created. I’ll get better at making them over then next 12 months.)
I also plan to continue doing KettleWorx once I get back home. I have a love/hate relationship with KettleWorx, but you can really see (and feel) a difference quickly if you do it regularly!